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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Diamond seek to explain in his research?
(a) The different rates of human development
(b) The domination of Western Europe
(c) The creation of metal tools
(d) The spread of illnesses

2. What is true about hunting and gathering societies?
(a) They worked more hours in each day than they did farming.
(b) Many did not adopt crops when they were introduced to them.
(c) They spent more time hunting than they did in farming.
(d) All adopted agriculture as soon as introduced.

3. Which location did not see a mass extinction of large mammals that was as large as other locations?
(a) New Guinea
(b) North America
(c) Australia
(d) Africa

4. Plants like olives, figs and dates were domesticated around what time?
(a) 4,000 B.C.
(b) 1,000 B.C.
(c) 10,000 B.C.
(d) 8,000 B.C.

5. What are "selfer" plants?
(a) Plants that contain a high level of Vitamin B
(b) Plants that pollinate themselves
(c) Plants that can be started by people
(d) Plants that take more soil nutrients than other plants

Short Answer Questions

1. What occurred between the Incas and Spanish forces?

2. How did Native American hunting and gathering societies become farmers?

3. People often assume that there are what type of differences between people living on different continents?

4. What crop was domesticated in Ethiopia before spreading around the globe?

5. Where did the Maori live?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the shift to sedentary lifestyles change societies?

2. Why did societies in New Guinea and Australia develop differently?

3. Why did food production not occur earlier in history?

4. How did the ability to use domesticated plants and animals differentiate the Polynesian societies?

5. Why is the axis of a continent important?

6. What happened in the encounter between the Incas and the Spanish?

7. How do historical sciences differ from non-historical sciences?

8. How did the Maori and the Moriori differ?

9. What was the development of humans like before the Great Leap Forward?

10. What is Diamond's objective in studying the societies of Polynesia?

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